Living the dream – Sharp County’s farm family has made farming a full-time job

June 20, 2017

Colton Asberry may be young, but he’s already an old hand at farming. He’s been working his own farm full-time for seven years, and has been doing farm work since he was a child at his parents’ farm.

“I was raised from a small child in farming and that’s all I ever done,” said Colton, 28.

After graduating from Cave City High School, he attended Arkansas State University and earned an agricultural finance degree in 2011.

Colton and his wife, Sara, and 4-year-old daughter, Larcyn, all take part in what can be called the family business. They live in a small farmhouse, right across the gravel road from the chicken houses they manage.

“Me and Sara both own six OMP broiler houses,” Colton said. “Then we manage another six that’s located right behind them that my mom and dad own. We got cow-calf pairs, 67 plus two bulls.”

Colton also lives down the road from an indoor horse arena that his family owns and operates.

“We also have an indoor horse arena where we put on ranch sorting sports,” Colton said. “We have people come from Conway, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Mountain Home and Harrison. That takes place in the winter months into the summer until it gets too warm. It’s indoors and the warm weather is hard on the cattle.”

Despite being busy with having his finger in so many pots, Colton doesn’t complain.

“It is a job, but it doesn’t seem like a job to me,” Colton said.

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